Most of my singing time lesson plan ideas for this song, Praise to the Man, again were taken from Pat Graham’s workshop a few months ago.
**Find the image of Joseph Smith, pictured above, in Susan Fitch’s Etsy shop HERE.
For Sr. Primary, bring the envelopes with the “key words” from my week 2 post HERE. You will only need one envelope per verse. You will also need chalk and tape or magnets.
Bring these definitions to the key words (You’ll need to finish defining them, sorry. If someone does define them, would you post in the comments to help someone else out? UPDATE: Check the comments with Karen’s definitions. Thank you Karen!):
- praise: honor
- communed: talked
- Jehovah: Jesus
- Anointed: set apart
- Prophet & Seer: speaks with God
- Last Dispensation: divinely appointed time
- Hail: to cheer, salute
- Ascended: go upward
- Traitors: a person who betrays
- Tyrants: any person in a position of authority who exercises power oppressively
- Vain: without effect or avail
- Mingling: to unite
- Conquer: defeat
Before primary, write out a short definition for each word on the chalk board, in order. Leave space to hang up the “key words” above each definition. Only post the chorus definitions once.
In singing time, pass out a “key word” to the Primary. Make sure they are out of order (omit the fermata, “stairs” and chorus for the 3rd verse). You may want to do one verse/envelope at a time depending on how many kids you have.
Tell the primary you have the song written out on the board and you want them to sing along! Try singing your definitions you wrote out just for fun. Then tell them you need help with the actual words. You posted the definitions and the kids have the key words.
So read the first definition. The Primary child who has it comes up and tapes it above the definition. Complete each phrase this way. After each phrase’s key word is hung up, sing the phrase until the song is completed.
If time permits, do some pitch leading with their heads (I’ve described it below).
For Jr. Primary, sister Pat Graham suggested the following:
“Sing each phrase slowly several times and then invite children to echo you. Reasons to repeat: clap rhythm of melody, *pitch lead [with their heads], march in place. Color picture of Joseph Smith while you sing many times (FRIEND, April 2008, p. 35).”
*Sister Graham demonstrated pitch leading with heads and it was really fun. I actually did it last week with the Jr. primary as we sung the chorus and it was a hit! As the notes of the song go up or down, your hand goes up or down. As your hand goes up or down, the kids follow you by having their bodies move up and down by standing on their tip toes or bending down.
Someone on Yahoo groups mentioned a “Roller Coaster” similar to the pitch leading. The same idea but a great visual as you use your bodies instead of just your arm.